Bee’s knees is a classic prohibition-era cocktail made with gin, honey, and lemon. It has a sweet and citrusy flavor profile and is often served chilled.
Bee’s knees recipe
- 2oz gin
- 1oz honey syrup
- 1oz lemon juice
- garnish with lemon peel
Combine gin, honey syrup and lemon juice into a mixing tin. Shake. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.
Directions for how to make the Bee’s knees
- Combine 2 oz of gin, 1 oz of honey syrup and 1 oz of lemon juice into a mixing tin.
- Shake the mixture well to combine the ingredients.
- Fill a cocktail glass with ice to cool it down.
- Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a lemon peel to add an extra touch of flavor and aesthetic appeal.
- Serve and enjoy your delicious Bee’s Knees drink.
Tips for how to make the perfect Bee’s knees
- Use fresh lemon juice for a tart and zesty taste
- Use local honey to provide a unique and floral sweetness
- Shake with ice to create a frothy texture
- Garnish with a lemon twist for an extra touch of citrus flavor
Alcohol-free alternative to the Bee’s knees
An alcohol-free alternative to the Bee’s Knees cocktail could be a mocktail made with honey, lemon juice, and tonic water. To make the mocktail, simply mix 2 ounces of honey syrup (equal parts honey and water) and 1 1/2 ounces of fresh lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water and garnish with a lemon wheel. You can also add a dash of bitters to add some complexity to the drink. This mocktail is refreshing, tangy, and slightly sweet – a perfect alternative to a classic Bee’s Knees cocktail.
Bee’s knees fun facts
- Bee’s knees is a cocktail that originated in the prohibition era, when people added honey and lemon to their gin to mask the taste of poor quality alcohol.
- The name “Bee’s Knees” was a popular slang phrase in the 1920s which meant “the best” or “the height of excellence”.
- Some variations of the Bee’s Knees include adding orange juice or substituting the gin with bourbon or rum.
- The drink was featured in the popular television series, Mad Men, where it was ordered by the character Roger Sterling.
- The Bee’s Knees is commonly garnished with a lemon twist or a sprig of fresh rosemary for added flavor.